Sunday, 18 January 2009

Are John Key's 90 days up yet?

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6 comments:

sas said...

The phrase 'rolling maul of initiatives' made me throw up in my mouth.
1024 days until the next election...

Hugh said...

I've been wondering about that phrase. Is it a rugby thing?

Carol said...

Yes a rolling maul is usually when the beefy muscle boys (or girls in the women's game) in the forwards of both teams each form a huddle. They each push against the other team's bunch of muscle-players. A member in one team's bunch holds the ball, making it hard for the other team to get to it. The team with the ball tries to push forward towards the goal line, while the bunch in the opposing team uses all their force to stop them.

Just when it looks like the opposing team has brought the maul to a halt, the team with the ball tries to roll the maul off towards one side. This takes them away from the weight of the opposition's counter-push. The opposition reforms their bunch to directly oppose the push of the team with the ball.... and on it rolls.....

Anohter words, Key's muscle will put up some aggressive ideas, expecting some strong opposition. When it looks like the opposition has stopped their onslaught, Key's muscle power will start to push off in another direction, aggressively gaining some quick ground, until the opposition can re-group and put together a strong opposition to counter the new direction..... and on iy qill roll....

Julie said...

Good explanation Carol, I could never have written it out that clearly :-)

Rugby analogies are a bit worrying - who is going to get a thorough rucking?

Hugh said...

Well look at it this way, at least he's acknowledging that there is going to be strong opposition, rather than claiming consensus support for his plans.

But yea, I'm not really comfortable with sporting (particularly rugby) metaphors in politics. Then again, I'm hardly the target audience...

Anna said...

I think that if the PM's best response to a significant economic and fiscal problem is a rugby metaphor that doesn't make much sense, we have a problem, Houston.